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    Car buying advice.

    I need to buy a car and don't really want to spend over £1000. I need some recommendations on a decent, reliable car. I have had Peugeots before but it seemed like I was always spending money to get something fixed. So are there any particular models known for being cheap to run and reliable?

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    Don't know about cheap to run but the Toyota Corolla seems to have a good reliability reputation.

    iv had susuki swifts as 2nd cars and they are so cheap to run and very reliable.. the only thing is parts are quite expensive but they are that reliable you shouldnt really need to worry about that, cheap ins, tax & great MPG. iv had two and only money iv spent on them in several year is for tyres & servicing

    KAs are cheap and reliable, don't give you much street cred though

    At that price range, a lot of cars are being sold because there's something wrong with them. :x

    Your best bet is to ask around amongst friends and relatives to see if anyone is selling a car. If you know its recent history and can trust the person you're buying it from, you're in with a chance!

    As for makes, the Japanese cars, particularly older ones, tend to be more reliable but, no matter what make you buy, it can be a bit of a lottery.

    Older Nissans, Toyota's, Honda's Mazda's tend to be more reliable than most, avoid anything French.

    Original Poster

    So do you think it would be better pushing the price up do 3-4 grand and see it more of a long term investment? I could afford to go up that high if it really opened up the options of getting better car that will be cheaper in the long run.

    Ford Fiesta 1.4 TDCI.

    About £4k should get one with full service history, it'll do 40+mpg, £35 a year Road Tax and is cheap on insurance.

    sdavi3680;7600925

    So do you think it would be better pushing the price up do 3-4 grand and … So do you think it would be better pushing the price up do 3-4 grand and see it [COLOR="Blue"]more of a long term investment[/COLOR]? I could afford to go up that high if it really opened up the options of getting better car that will be cheaper in the long run.



    Nevr look at a car as a investment

    tara1082;7600982

    Nevr look at a car as a investment


    I have to agree. There is also no guarantee that a £3-4k car would give you more reliability. There are so many variables that there are always risks, even with the models with better reputations.

    On an interesting side note, my girlfriend's first car, which she bought in July 2008, was a 1993 Nissan Micra. She got it for £300 from an friend, fully MOT'd and taxed, and took out break down cover from the AA that cost £90 with some kind of repair insurance on it. Car needed two relatively minor things doing to it which came to about £200, but this was picked up by the AA cover. In July 2009 the car had to be scrapped because it was no where near roadworthy, and she made £50 from the scrappage. So that's a total of £340 (plus whatever your insurance is) for something to get you from A to B for the year. On the economics side she didn't do badly there at all. Whilst I am by no means an expert on the matter, and indeed I'm sure she got a little bit lucky there, bringing the budget right down could work if you know what you're looking for.

    There are no hard and fast rules to finding a decent car, price means nothing. Just check forums on new cars and you will new owners bitching about them..
    Buying second hand ahs a few guides to help...

    1. Service history and receipts
    2. Mileage
    3. number of owners

    General condition should not always be an issue if these things are okay, often who you buy from will make a difference. Be careful of any adverts with just a mobile and an unwillingness to meet at the sellers address. When you call up in answer to an ad, ask, I am calling about the car you have for sale? and if they answer which one ... hang up!

    I must've been lucky. I had a 1995 Pug 106 Diesel. Cracking car, bullet proof and never let me down. Would buy another no problem.

    For a particular car ...................they say the Toyota Yaris is top of the list on most things . My own experience , I used to buy the Parkers guide when looking for motors and take it with me when visiting the second hand showrooms .It will list things like Insurance groups , mpg , etc , to give you a bit of an idea on expenditure . There are other price guide books too . There is also the gov websites that will list the road tax on particular models . When looking for a car , I want low road tax , cheap running costs and insurance together with good mpg.
    I've know people who've bought cars on the spur of the moment only to find they have to fork out a fortune on insurance and fuel . Do your reseach first .

    Original Poster

    i hate the risk of it all. I just remember all the awful times when something went wrong or it went for an MOT and next thing you know you're being asked to pay £400 for something. arggh. It's been great not having a car to run for the last 18 months.
    All this talk just makes me want to fork out for a brand new car, but then I guess even then there's no guarantee it wont break down in 8 months time.

    Original Poster

    I have a question about the £2000 off buying a new car, scrappage scheme. Do you need to have an old car to scrap or something, or is it just for anyone wanting a new car?

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    sdavi3680;7602232

    I have a question about the £2000 off buying a new car, scrappage scheme. … I have a question about the £2000 off buying a new car, scrappage scheme. Do you need to have an old car to scrap or something, or is it just for anyone wanting a new car?



    Wow.

    Just..................wow.

    I'm out.

    sdavi3680;7602232

    I have a question about the £2000 off buying a new car, scrappage scheme. … I have a question about the £2000 off buying a new car, scrappage scheme. Do you need to have an old car to scrap or something, or is it just for anyone wanting a new car?



    You need to have a car registered 1999 or before to scrap. It's to get old cars off the road. You get 1k from the dealer and 1k from the government.

    sdavi3680;7602232

    I have a question about the £2000 off buying a new car, scrappage scheme. … I have a question about the £2000 off buying a new car, scrappage scheme. Do you need to have an old car to scrap or something, or is it just for anyone wanting a new car?



    Stop wasting peoples time, use Google.:x

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    dimebars;7602252

    Wow.Just..................wow.I'm out.



    I know smartass, more than likely you need to actually scrap an old car because it has 'scrappage' in the title. But, I also thought it might just be an incentive for anyone to just buy an environmentally better car and from the car industry to encourage you to buy new rather than used.

    Original Poster

    Inactive;7602437

    Stop wasting peoples time, use Google.:x




    Going by that statement, there really wouldn't be a need for anyone to ever ask a question on a forum.

    Sensible questions are just fine.:roll:

    Original Poster

    Inactive;7602530

    Sensible questions are just fine.:roll:



    I know smartass, more than likely you need to actually scrap an old car because it has 'scrappage' in the title. But, I also thought it might just be an incentive for anyone to just buy an environmentally better car and from the car industry to encourage you to buy new rather than used.

    sdavi3680;7602442

    I know smartass, more than likely you need to actually scrap an old car … I know smartass, more than likely you need to actually scrap an old car because it has 'scrappage' in the title. But, I also thought it might just be an incentive for anyone to just buy an environmentally better car and from the car industry to encourage you to buy new rather than used.



    sdavi3680;7602583

    I know smartass, more than likely you need to actually scrap an old car … I know smartass, more than likely you need to actually scrap an old car because it has 'scrappage' in the title. But, I also thought it might just be an incentive for anyone to just buy an environmentally better car and from the car industry to encourage you to buy new rather than used.



    Heard you the first time. :whistling:

    Original Poster

    Goonieman;7602622

    Heard you the first time. :whistling:



    I was relpying to the 2nd person about sensible questions, and why I thought it was fairly sensible to imagine that the government might offer you money to buy cars that are more economical and better for the environment ,and why car companies might match it so you buy a new car off them.

    sdavi3680;7602583

    I know smartass, more than likely you need to actually scrap an old car … I know smartass, more than likely you need to actually scrap an old car because it has 'scrappage' in the title. But, I also thought it might just be an incentive for anyone to just buy an environmentally better car and from the car industry to encourage you to buy new rather than used.



    You don't need to be a " smartass " to realise that scrappage would involve scrappage.

    A kid of 6 could work that one out.:roll:
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